United States Fish and Wildlife Service Professional development internship
In partnership with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Huliauapaʻa successfully ran a professional development internship for two Kanaka ʻŌiwi in Natural and Cultural Resources Management/Wahi Kūpuna Stewardship. Supervised by Huliauapaʻa staff, the learners worked alongside the Visitor Services Manager of the Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which consists of the Hanalei, Kīlauea Point, and Hulē‘ia National Wildlife Refuges (NWR). The scope of work focused on Hanalei NWR located within the ahupua‘a of Hanalei, Haleleʻa Moku, Kauaʻi. The learners completed an ethnohistorical study for the project area and the surrounding areas of Hanalei NWR, researching and synthesizing the cultural mana‘o and ‘ike necessary to incorporate Kanaka ʻŌiwi perspectives into stewardship (defined as management and interpretation) of the refuge complex. In addition to a final report, the learners delivered a public presentation and created a StoryMap of their research.